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Direct download: 7-5-19-Alex_Pareene.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

On today's show, The New Republic's, Matt Ford (@fordm), joins us to review the Supreme Court's latest term. Broadly speaking the term was mixed bag, with some small victories for the court's liberals, but mostly the court maintained its steady slide towards conservatism. While Republican presidents have appointed more justices over the past 50 years, those appointments have never been as conservative as Trump's appointments, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh. Ford believes that this Roberts court will become more conservative in the years to come. Ford and Sam review the Court's ruling on Kisor v. Wilkie, where the court decided not to overturn "Auer deference" where "courts defer to federal agencies’ reasonable reading of ambiguous regulations." While this sounds like a victory at face value a liberal court would not take it up in the first place. Ford explains in Elena Kagan's 5-4 majority opinion "added a five-part test that will give judges more room to scrutinize those regulations." And Roberts added to the majority opinion that the ruling would not impact the Chevron deference which conservative legal scholars have been railing against for decades. Sam and Ford then discuss the gerrymandering case (Rucho v. Common Cause) and census citizenship question case (Department of Commerce v. New York) and what those rulings will mean for the future of our democracy. Ford does not see a silver lining in the case of Rucho v. Common Cause beyond state supreme courts stopping gerrymandering. The GOP has been very explicit in its attempts to gerrymander its way to power in states like Wisconsin and the Supreme Court has now ruled that it cannot enforce gerrymandering guidelines. Granted, the Supreme Court did not entirely implode this term since it did not rule in favor of the Trump administration and the Commerce department on the citizenship question, and are now dropping the campaign to add the citizenship question to the 2020 census. Ford and Sam conclude with a look towards the court's next term including positive developments in criminal justice reform.

And in the Fun Half: the MSM is a little too excited to say Bernie is done, Third Way thinks anyone can beat Trump... except Sanders, Bernie's huge rally in Iowa City, assessing our biases, the NYT Sydney Ember problem, empathy and logic on the left, Dan Crenshaw picked a bad time to say the border situation is not true, Glenn Beck thinks migrants would prefer to sleep on the desert floor than the squalor DHS facilities, Lou Dobbs is hyped about the Trump July 4th militaripalooza, Meghan McCain feels like a "caged animal," how would progressives work with Biden, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 7-3-19-Matt_Ford-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:36pm EDT

On today's show, Jennifer L. Eberhardt, author of, Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, And Do. Dr. Eberhardt's take a look at the difference between what we understand in our culture as racism and the implicit biases we pick up within our society.  Through extensive studies including both clinical and social studies, Dr. Eberhardt addresses how racial bias is not restricted to a few bad actors but is present at all levels of society in media, education, and business. Sam and Eberhardt also discuss the plasticity of the brain and how exposure to diversity can help dispel bias and our seemingly innate prejudices. Eberhardt explains how her studies can be applied to larger systemic problems of bias, specifically in policing and corporate culture. By showing this implicit bias through clinical testing it's easier to show how prejudice and stereotypes can be systemic, beyond personal animus, and something that be unlearned. Moving forward, is it possible to isolate these influences of bias in the first place? Eberhardt believes exposure and contact to information and a diverse population is key to unlearning bias. Sam and Eberhardt conclude their conversation with an open-ended question: if we're all biased in some way, at what point does it turn to racism? Whether or not implicit bias turns to explicit racism, it can be as harmful in a slow eroding kind of way, as it exists alongside social norms.

And in the Fun Half: Bernie slides to 4th in the latest CNN poll, a breakdown of the ProPublica CPB Secret Facebook group, one bad apple does spoil the whole bunch, harrowing images and video from inside the Clint, TX Customs & Border Patrol facilities, the argument for decommodifying housing, Donald Trump has started and defeated homelessness in America, Trump reaffirms that the Census citizenship question is about denying rights to immigrants, Greg Gutfeld admits Fox would be sounding alarm bells if Obama met with Kim Jong Un, Bernie's messaging on engagement, a Jimmy Dore story, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 7-2-19-Jennifer_Eberhardt-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:23pm EDT

Anthony McCann, journalist and author of 'Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff,' joins us.

On today's show: Joe Biden says kids in hoodies might become poet laureates and not just gangbangers. Biden re-uses gay waiter anecdote from 15 years ago.

Journalist and author Anthony McCann joins us to discuss his new book, 'Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff.' In 2016, an armed group of protesters led by Ammon Bundy occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. In this book, McCann identifies numerous political currents highlighted by the incident, including: The influence of Mormonism on Bundy and the dangers of operating on pure ideology. The protesters' belief that property rights began when the US was colonized. The history of "state's rights" rhetoric and Bundy's many precedents. The surprising influence of Occupy Wall Street. The role played by the internet and privatization.

On the fun half: Biden's "electability" ratings drop following debates. Kamala Harris tries to clarify m4a stance, still unclear exactly what she wants. A caller from Oregon explains how environmental regulations and welfare reform have hurt rural people in her area. Trump gives his Monday morning QB take on Kamala and Biden, says he'll introduce busing legislation. Trump asked to clarify busing legislation, clearly has no idea what it is. Ivanka Trump hangs with the grownups at G20, tries to butt into their convo. Trump says businesses are calling America "the hot show." Trump says he's talking to world leaders about new student visas: "Smart person's waivers." Tucker says it's a reality that nation leaders do need to kill people. Bernie says he's got "no problem" with Trump meeting with Kim Jong Un, but it needs to be more than a photo op. "Jews against ICE" protests at Elizabeth NJ ICE facility. Political cartoonist fired for border cartoon of Trump golfing around dead migrants.

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Direct download: 7-1-19-Anthony_McCann-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:45pm EDT

Digby (Heather Parton) (@digby56) and Matt Binder (@MattBinder ) join us.

On today's show: AOC explains that there's no oversight of spending on Senate bill funding ICE.

Digby (Heather Parton) (@digby56) joins us to break down the latest news from Washington, including: the latest Supreme Court decisions, the Democratic debates, the new center of gravity in the Democratic Party, and how the race will change now that Biden has self-immolated in public. Also: the role of never-Trumpers and who stood out. 

Matt Binder (@MattBinder ), former MR producer/contributor and host of DOOMED w/ Matt Binder, joins us. An update on alt-right online communities. How much has the "movement" been hurt by the de-platforming of prominent leaders like Alex Jones, Milo, Cernovich et. al? The decline of Breitbart. How the YouTube algorithm turns disaffected young men into Pepes and/or the Yang Gang. Ben Shapiro says conservatives can be funny, he has written spec comedy scripts. Yang claims his mic was cut during Dem debate. Kamala Harris goes after Biden about bussing, Biden defends states' rights. Brian Kilmeade almost gets it: the GOP is racist.

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Direct download: 6-28-19-Digby_Matt_Binder-Freebie.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:25pm EDT

Good evening, welcome to the second 2020 Democratic debate watch show with the MR crew! We're live at 8:50 and will be covering the stage of former VP Joe Biden, VT Senator Bernie Sanders, CA Senator Kamala Harris, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, former CO Governor John Hickenlooper, Senator Michael Bennett, Rep. Eric Swalwell, orb mistress Marianne Williamson, and Andrew "Daddy Yangbucks" Yang. We break down the candidates' performances and look at who made a splash, who held it together, and who went down in flames.

Bernie comes out strong with "healthcare is a right." Kamala Harris owns Biden on race and integration. Bernie connects abortion rights and m4a. Buttigieg addresses the shooting in South Bend. Biden fumbles and gets owned. Hickenlooper warns of the dangers of socialism, repeatedly. Marianne preaches a revolution of love.

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Direct download: 6-27-19-DEBATE_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:47pm EDT

Good evening, welcome to the first 2020 Democratic debate watch show with the MR crew! We're live at 8:50 and will be covering the stage of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, Former Obama HUD Secretary Julian Castro of Texas, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington state, Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland. We break down the candidate performances and look forward tomorrow's debate in Miami.

Corey Booker has pivoted to the left and looks to be positioning himself to be a Sanders or Warren VP. Will Corey Bookers' move to the left lead to a larger left exodus in the Democratic primary? Texas Beto and National Beto are in conflict and it is not work for him. John Delaney and Amy Klobuchar are the Bash Brothers of meaningless centrism. Elizabeth Warren did not dominate as much we expected, and everyone is falling behind the Sanders movement.

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Direct download: 6-26-19-DEBATE_1-pub.mp3
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Joining Michael Brooks on today's Majority Report is Murtaza Hussain to talk about the right wing's secretive efforts to start a war with Iran and the writings of the fake journalist Heshmat Alavi.

On today's show: DSA-endorsed public defender Tiffany Cabán (most likely) wins Queens DA race.

Murtaza Hussain (@MazMHussain), journalist at The Intercept, joins us to talk about the right wing's secretive efforts to start a war with Iran and the writings of the fake journalist Heshmat Alavi. The return of "America first" paleoconservative who advocates turning the US from an empire to a white ethno-state. How pro regime change forces faked an Iranian journalist named Heshmat Alavi. (Read Hussain's report at The Intercept.) Jared Kushner lays out plans for the future of Palestine. The Trump admin's clueless efforts to buy the Palestinians out of the hope of statehood.

On the fun half: Japanese Americans protest children being moved to camps in Oklahoma. Meghan McCain makes child concentration camps at border about her and her family. Dana Loesch's Meghan McCain impression and Meghan's brunch tweet. Dave Rubin thinks government needs to intervene in the marketplace of ideas, specifically YouTube. USA women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe on going to WH: "I'm not going to the fucking White House." Gorka says the wall has to come before providing hygenic products to detainees. Trump says border conditions were worse under Obama. Dennis Prager says Google is censoring any conservative voices.

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Direct download: 6-26-19-Murtaza_Hussain-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:47pm EDT

Matt Stroud (@MattStroud), author of "Thin Blue Lie: The Failure of High-Tech Policing," joins us.

On today's show: Trump misnames Iran's Supreme Leader. Trump says he does not need Congress to strike Iran.

Author Matt Stroud (@MattStroud) joins us to discuss his new book "Thin Blue Lie: The Failure of High-Tech Policing." While technologies like the taser were supposed to transform law enforcement for the better, in reality they've only made it "lazier, more reckless, and more discriminatory." In this book, Stroud looks at how corporate marketing tactics sold these items to police departments, and how they contributed to the mission creep and civil liberties violations on display in the modern police state.

Why Andrew Yang's UBI proposal poses a danger to the welfare state.

On the fun half: Project Veritas exposes YouTube and MR's conspiracy to censor right-wing ideas. John Bolton says his previous writing on regime change in Iran aren't part of his current advisory role, but he still believes them. Brian Kilmeade says CBP isn't running the Marriot or Hyatt. Lou Dobbs says there was widespread voter fraud in 2016 by "a large number of aliens." Bill O'Reilly says reparations can't happen because it will codify the idea that the US was founded by racist white men. Ilhan Omar does Sharia at Twin Cities pride parade. Beto's war tax idea. Obama campaign manager appears before health savings account investors, says m4a will not happen. Ben Stein says black people love to play the victim.

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Direct download: 6-25-19-Matt-Stroud-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:29pm EDT

The MR Crew brings you a Monday news rundown, Bernie Sanders powerful critique of Trump's Iran war mongering and incompetence and the media's devotion to war. The humanitarian crisis at the border, the Administration and ICE lawyers defend denying basic care to children at the border. Sanders, very, very good student debt elimination bill.  Fox and Friends, can't handle Bernie's plan and its very funny. The census case and will the Supreme Court care at all about how bias they look?

On The Fun Half: How would the Sanders debt plan work? Congresswoman Jayapal, thanks Sanders for being the only federal official since 2015 to discuss the student debt crisis. AOC, shares her own student debt story. Chris Hayes and liberalism. An important correction on the "Norwegian" tanker story. A mass shooting in PA, receives no attention (you will never guess why). Donald Trump lies about his Administration's concentration camps. New rape allegation against Trump. Pete Buttigieg, has no plan to deal with police abuse in South Bend and protestors know it. Trump supporters resent being asked to care about kidnapped children and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 6-24-19-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:33pm EDT